Our Preventive Dentistry Services:
Cleanings & Exams
The Importance of Preventive Care
With excellent oral hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems. Preventive care also helps you avoid secondary problems that affect your overall health. Systematic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and cancer have all been linked to poor oral health.
Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by the harmful bacteria in your mouth. Without preventative efforts, these bacteria begin to form a thin biofilm, known as plaque, on the surfaces of your teeth. Eventually, the plaque will calcify into tartar. Over time the bacteria in plaque and tartar will wreak havoc on your teeth and gum tissues, eventually leading to tooth loss. Gum disease can also cause significant bone loss.
Treatment for Children
Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry, but children have the most to gain. Establishing a strong foundation of oral health early will lead to a lifetime of beautiful, healthy teeth. We offer dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments to help prevent decay and protect their teeth. Fluoride treatments replenish vital minerals that get stripped away every day as the result of bacteria in the mouth. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are placed on the bite surface of the tooth. Most children have a hard time keeping their teeth clean, particularly their molars and premolars. Dr. Walmsley may recommend sealants to fill the deep fissures of these teeth, and protect your child the harmful effects of bacteria.
Common Office Practices
LakeView Dental Arts offers a variety of procedures for patients in need of preventive care, regardless of age. During your routine appointment, Dr. Walmsley will perform a comprehensive exam. The exam itself is a preventative measure that helps us detect and diagnose any issues related to your oral health. During the exam, we may also perform an x-ray to check for problems with the roots and underlying bone.
After your exam is complete, our dental hygienist will perform a professional cleaning. This involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth using a scaler. Once your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, we will polish them to remove stains and restore sheen.
At the end of the appointment, Dr. Walmsley will review effective oral hygiene habits to practice at home. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Limiting your intake of sugars and other simple carbohydrates can also help prevent cavities. Moreover, of course, scheduling regular checkups and cleanings is an important part of your oral health as well. Even with excellent at-home practices, your teeth are still vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you would like to experience our preventive services, please call (865) 248-2199, and schedule your appointment today!